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When precancerous cells form in the tissue covering the ovary, this is called low malignant potential ovarian cancer. Most women are diagnosed with the stage I form of the disease, which means that the cancer can generally be treated successfully. The most common treatment options for low malignant potential ovarian cancer are surgery and chemotherapy.
Low malignant potential ovarian cancer is a disease in which precancerous cells (cells that may or that are likely to become cancerous) form in the tissue covering the ovary.
Low malignant potential ovarian cancer is considered precancerous (or premalignant), a condition that may become cancer. Low malignant potential ovarian cancer seldom spreads beyond the ovary. However, when it is found in one ovary, the other ovary should also be checked carefully for signs of disease.
After low malignant potential ovarian cancer has been diagnosed, tests are done to find out if cancer cells have spread within the ovary or to other parts of the body. This process is called staging. The information gathered from the staging process will determine the phase (stage) of the disease. It is important to know the stage in order to plan low malignant potential ovarian cancer treatment.
Certain tests or procedures are used to determine stage, such as a staging laparotomy (a surgical incision made in the wall of the abdomen to remove ovarian tissue). In most cases, patients are diagnosed with stage I disease.
Recurrent low malignant potential ovarian cancer is cancer that has recurred (come back) after it has been treated. The cancer may come back in the other ovary or in other parts of the body.